Yet more resources down the drain…

here:

Bryan Andrew Theriot, 33, also known as Tow Down, and Bernard Harry Theriot, 37, were arrested on Wednesday and accused of illegally cultivating about 600 marijuana plants inside three homes in the area, authorities said….

Also arrested on Wednesday were Warrick Earl Washington, 40, also known as Triple; Kevin Patrick Manecke, 27; Flabio Alberto Rodriguez, 30, and Clyde Bazile, 44, all from Houston; Timothy Allen Maness, 20, of Daisetta, and Kurt Wilson Fregia, 23, of Raywood, authorities said.

Each faces 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine if convicted of the federal charges of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, authorities said.

Oh, wait, that’s not the proper line. Hooray, more people off the street for breaking the law! No matter that the laws in question are malum prohibitum laws that enable the rape of the Bill of Rights!

Seriously, eight people facing 40 years in prison each? How much money is going to go down the drain even if they all get a fraction of that? And you know what else this means, right? It means eight fewer jail slots for people who actually pose a real danger to society, that’s what it means.

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5 Responses to “Yet more resources down the drain…”

  1. Sabra Says:

    Imma just remind you, honey, that the only drug we know the neighbors do is MJ. So there’s a hole in the dashboard of the truck that would argue over how harmless marijuana’s influence is. (And legalization wouldn’t erase that issue–it’s not like the stuff costs a lot as-is.)

  2. southtexaspistolero Says:

    That could be, but then I think the neighborhood we live in and the types of folks the neighbors associate with also influence that to a very large extent.

  3. peter Says:

    whether or not it should be legal is beyond the point. The fact remains that it is illegal and anyone stupid enough to grow 600 plants should expect extensive prison time. Lotsa folks are in prison because the imcome tax shouldn’t bw constitutional, too.

  4. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Whether it’s constitutional is beyond the point as well.

    There are those who say the same of certain gun control laws, too, i.e., “Who cares if it’s unconstitutional? It’s the right thing to do.” I’m sorry, Peter, but I just can’t agree with that. If we’re going to have a Constitution, we should be striving to uphold it as best we can. I know we don’t, but it’s something to strive for and I don’t think we should give up on advocating that just because there are so many unconstitutional laws that have been passed because a certain number of people thought, “who cares if it’s constitutional? It’s the right thing to do.” I think the “cure” for drug use in this country has been far, far worse than the “disease.”

  5. peter Says:

    My point was that growing 600 pot plants is stupid because it’s illegal. Just because it’s unconstitutional doesn’t mean you should just do it. I agree that it should not be illegal. Considering the problems with our country, I don’t believe drug use to be near the top of the list. But doing something that’s illegal is stupid. Somehow I don’t think all those guys are advocates of following the constitution the way it’s written. There should be a better way of going about it than that.

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